Hampton Roads is an iconic destination, but the "birthplace of America" has a nefarious past.
Dive into the story of cannibalism in the Jamestown colony and learn the gory details of the tale of the Witch of Pungo. Blackbeard and his men wreaked havoc in Hampton Roads before Virginians brought them to justice. Explore rarely told stories of lynchings, riots and a hoax involving none other than famed aviator Charles Lindbergh. Join author and historian Nancy E. Sheppard as she explores some of the darkest moments in Hampton Roads' vibrant history.
About the Author
Nancy E. Sheppard is a historian, author and native of Hampton Roads, Virginia. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from American Military University. Her first book, The Airship ROMA Disaster in Hampton Roads (The History Press, 2016), earned a nomination for the 2017 Virginia Literary Awards. She is also a staff writer and photojournalist for the newspaper Yorktown Crier-Poquoson Post, focusing primarily on local history, museums, military and theme park news.
Table of Contents
Opening Thoughts 11
1 The Massacre at Ajacán Mission: York and James City Counties, 1540 13
2 Cannibalism at James Forte: Jamestown, 1609-1610 21
3 The Witch of Pungo: Princess Anne County (Virginia Beach), 1706 32
4 Blackbeard and His Men: Hampton and Williamsburg, 1718 42
5 The Burning of Hampton: Hampton, 1861 52
6 The Norfolk Race Riot: Norfolk, 1866 61
7 A Murder and Lynching in Princess Anne County: Princess Anne County (Virginia Beach), 1885 68
8 The Murder of Wilda H. Brokaw: Fort Eustis, Newport News, 1920 77
9 The Mysterious Death of Adolph Coors: Virginia Beach, 1929 85
10 The Trial of Elisha Kent Kane III: Hampton, 1931 93
11 The Lindbergh Baby-Curtis Deception: Norfolk and York County, 1932 104
12 The Sad Tale of Major Julian Harvey: Newport News, 1944 119
13 The Colonial Parkway Murders: York, Isle of Wight and New Kent Counties, 1986-1989 129
14 April Fools' Day Prank at Mount Trashmorc: Virginia Beach, 1992 138
Final Thoughts 145
About the Author 175